Blog of Eva Wissenz

The Saturday Solar Baking’s in Kenya

Posted mercredi 10 février 2021 by Eva Wissenz.

If you remember, we started in Kenya in 2016 with World Vision, and continued the prototyping the year after with the support of Autodesk Foundaiton and Wärtsilä. Kenya, and especially Kisumu, is dear to us because the first communities where empowered there and David Chepkwone was the very first solar baker using Lytefire 5 solar oven.

Five years later, the good work continues as you can see !

Mr Jared Omondi works with Lorin as a Technician since 2016. His workshop has been recently upgraded. And since a few months, Miss Joan Arwa Ogwang joined our team. She was a member of Capital Airtime Ltd
Safaricom authorized dealer and Western regional manager and she is now also Solar Fire’s country representative in Kenya.

Together, they are introducing the Lytefire 5 solar oven to the population in Kisumu. And every Saturday afternoon, sun permitting, they are putting all their heart to create friendly demo of solar baking for communities and potential clients.

The proof by example.
Nothing can be more powerful.
And yummy, as you can see.


Happy New Year 2021!

Posted Tuesday 12 January 2021 by Eva Wissenz.

Dear Friends, Clients, Partners, Followers and Supporters,

In 2020, the Lytefire Solar Sauna and the Lytefire Solar Oven have been featured in 32 articles in the media in France, Switzerland, Finland, Germany and USA. National newspapers as well as national TV shows :)

Thank you for your amazing support because yes, we survived 2020. We are stronger, and we are ready for growth with now 17 beautiful persons working with us, directly or not, as team members of Solar Fire Concentration Oy, booster of local Solar Fire’s or super motivated interns staying with us in Finland in our HQ set in a great eco-village.

The Lytefire solar solutions are one of the best options to create a decentralized solar economy.

We wish you all courage and peace.


Followup visit in the Philippines: 8 months later

Posted Monday 27 April 2020 by Eva Wissenz.

We recently revisited our partners USTP (The University of Science and Technology of the Southern Philippines) and CarbonCycle in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.

Nearly a year has passed since Lorin was last in the Philippines working with CarbonCycle to power their ‘waste to riches’ business model with Lytefire, assisted by ‘on the job’ trainee students from the Faculties of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Together, we are still seeking R&D funding from DOST and other Filipino government initiatives.

Since then, the mechanical engineering students have made a few modifications to the cashew roaster we Installed a Lytefire5 Multi at a facility owned by the women’s group BAPPCO (Best Agri Products Processing Cooperative).

The roasting drum now rotates automatically thanks to the installation of a 150W solar panel on top of the oven.

The students also created a new end-loading and unloading door for the cashews, actuated by reversing the direction of spin of the roasting drum.

Lorin, as well as Dale from CarbonCycle met with Bronson Mabulay, the Director of Innovation and Technology Solutions and Dr. Ambrosio Cultura, who last year was Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation the but is now President of the University. They brought with them the architect in charge of the new TechnoPark that is being built as a hub to promote the commercialisation of products developed by USTP students as they progress with their studies.

It was generally agreed that there would be some space saved for solar concentrators on the grounds and rooftops of the new TechnoPark. :)


Powerful talk: it’s all connected.

Posted Tuesday 31 March 2020 by Eva Wissenz.

You need to take 7 minutes and watch this, it’s definitely worth it!

Here’s our Chief Operating Officer Urs Riggenbach talking about solar, climate crisis, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

"My hope is that we’re not just fixing the carbon issue. We’re fixing, along with this carbon issue, we’re fixing the other issues that got us here. … You can’t separate poverty and inequality, women empowerment and carbon emissions and corruption, those are not separate issues in a way. They are very much connected.”


We’re coming to your doorstep !

Posted lundi 30 mars 2020 by Eva Wissenz.

Last Christmas, as an act of faith in people’s empowerment and in our solution to play a significant role in climate change crisis resolution, we have released in open source and for free the construction manual of one of our solar concentrator.

Since then, the successful GoSol’s prototypes became Lytefire products that you can now pre-order through our on-going campaign. So, basically, you could have one in your backyard !!

We have decided to run this campaign with multiple goals because so many populations need what we have to offer ! Poor bakers in West Africa, Smart Up Factory project in Uganda with Plan International, middle class Europeans willing to go off grid to power their ecological bakery or offer a true sustainable option to a well-being activity with a carbon neutral solar sauna, you name it ! You can support one of these sub-campaigns and/or pre-order your unit (the more pre-orders, the more investors will be likely to identify that we are a powerful solution to mitigate climate change crisis).

On top of the solar concentrators, our expertise is in education. We have created since 2018 a powerful training to help users to become successful solar entrepreneurs in vulnerable region. This training was implemented first with the NGO Plan International in Uganda (check full project here).

Now the Covid-19 is harming us as it’s harming many social and impact enterprises so we came up with 2 solutions :
1) Our construction manual is now priced on a sliding scale (it’s up to you !)
2) Since we probably wont be able to travel in a while, we are crowdfunding to create on-line educational material because yes, nothing can’t stop us and if we can’t travel to train people, we’ll come right to your doorstep then !!

Please share the message and support us !!https://lytefire.com/stream


Lake still not frozen in Finland!

Posted Monday 10 February 2020 by Eva Wissenz.

Video Message from Eva, chairperson of GoSol / Solar Fire: My hope is not an illusion, it’s real and strong but today I’m sad, and angry. Everybody can have an impact. Wake up. Speak up.


Happy New Year 2020 !

Posted vendredi 17 janvier 2020 by Eva Wissenz.

Dear Friends, Clients, Partners, Followers and Supporters,

We wish to see more peace and more justice everywhere. We wish that change makers do become more and more and more visible. We wish for more coherence and ethics in all fields. For ourselves, we wish to scale up and continue our impactful work in a sustainable way.

Watch our impact with "7 Sustainable Development Goals made real for Eva Nangira, a young solar entrepreneur in Uganda" :


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